Cathedral Events

Sunday, January 19, 2014 1 PM–4 PM

A Symphony of Brotherhood: The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Washington National Cathedral

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“With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair the stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood.”

Dr. King spoke these words when he preached his last sermon at Washington National Cathedral on the Sunday before he was killed in 1968. Join us on the Sunday before we celebrate his holiday to explore the relationship he forged with the dean of the Cathedral at that time, the Very Rev. Francis B. Sayre, Jr. and the Cathedral’s continuing commitment to Dr. King’s work. We will listen to excerpts from Dr. King’s sermon, walk where he walked and visit the place where he and his companions on the civil rights journey are remembered in stone on the Cathedral grounds. In between we will sing, pray, and reflect in quiet on his legacy for our own lives in the 21st century.

Kevia Richardson, a soprano soloist, will be leading us in singing freedom songs. Richardson is a member of the Washington Performing Arts Society Men and Women of the Gospel Choir, whose artistic director is the Cathedral’s artist-in-residence, Stanley J. Thurston. Thurston will be bringing his own Heritage Signature Chorale to the Cathedral in March.

Time: 1–4 pm
Location: Center for Prayer and Pilgrimage (crypt level)
Registration: Free with donation of canned goods; email Ellen Spencer.

About Vikki Montgomery

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Vikki serves as a pilgrimage leader, companion and center host at the Cathedral Center for Prayer and Pilgrimage. During her fifteen years there she also served as a Center seminarian during which she led a covenant discipleship group, contemplative retreats and centering prayer sessions for university students, and designed a Pilgrimage of Reconciliation and an arts workshop. In addition, she became a founding member of a Benedictine gathering and is now a probationary associate of the Holy Cross. A graduate of Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C., with an MTS and MA in theology, she focused on religion and the arts and teaching and learning. As a member of the Cathedral Congregation, she serves as a healing minister. Her other vocations include writer, editor, chaplain and teacher.

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